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Honeybrew vs. Other Alcoholic Beverages

Tired of dealing with a bloated belly after drinking your favorite IPA? Wish there was an alcoholic beverage that was similar to cider and mead but had less alcohol content? 

Meet Honeybrew. Honeybrew is fermented green tea and honey with a special combination of authentic jun culture. June culture is known for being jam-packed with beneficial bacteria and yeast that can help digestion and support a healthy GI tract. 

We're here to walk you through how Honeybrew compares to other alternatives on the market, so you can find your new go-to brew for the weekends. 

Let's take a closer look and explore the unique benefits & differences:

1. Mead 

Since 7000 B.C.E., mead has been enjoyed by Vikings, Egyptians, and Greeks. It was commonly referred to as the nectar of the gods or a nectar elixir. It's known for its semi-sweet flavor with a subtle fruity taste. 

Mead is a fermented alcoholic beverage with yeast, honey, and water and is made by pulling yeast from the air or using wine yeast. This is what we call wild fermentation. 

Honeybrew vs. Mead

One of the main differences between Honeybrew vs. Mead is that Honeybrew is effervescent, and mead is not. The alcohol content of mead is also higher than Honebrew, at around ~20%. Mead has a similar taste to beer and wine, but since it's relatively high in alcohol content, it's not always the best choice for individuals looking for a midweek pick-me-up or who want to grab a cold one to relax. 

2. Cider 

Cider is a fermented wine that is derived from apples. It has a fruity, dry flavor filled with a range of flavor profiles, great for anyone wanting to try something new. Cider can have an alcohol content of anywhere from 4.5% to 8.5% - so it's best to read the label before drinking a few too many. Cider is also typically on the sweeter side, so if you aren't a fan of fruity flavors, this probably isn't the beverage for you.

Honeybrew vs. Cider

Cider is made with brewer's yeast and apples. While Honeybrew uses a combination of different yeast species. This yeast combination comes from the Jun culture and features mainly Saccharomyces bayanus. This is a good-for-you bacteria backed by years of research and data, which means Honeybrew may be a more beneficial brew than your favorite ciders. 

3. Wine 

Wine is one of the oldest fermented alcoholic beverages on the planet. It's made with fermented grapes and saccharomyces bayanus, an essential probiotic. During the fermented process, the grapes are converted from sugars to alcohol.

Honeybrew vs. Wine

While both alcoholic beverages are fermented, they don't share many similarities. The differences between Honeybrew vs. Wine are how it's made, the flavor, and the alcohol contents. After fermentation, wine is barrel-aged anywhere from 6 to 30 months. This is what helps the distinct flavor of wine develop and mature. Wine is also known for its relatively high alcohol content of around ~20% - which is something to be mindful of if you want to enjoy more than a few drinks. 

4. Beer 

Beer is made with wheat, hops & brewers yeast, or malt. Beer is known for containing gluten, making it much heavier than other beverages. Some individuals deal with bloating and stomach issues if they have too many beers in one sitting.

Honeybrew vs. Beer 

Honeybrew is one of the best alternatives for beer you can switch to. Since it's gluten-free, you never need to worry about unwanted bloating and discomfort, so you can enjoy a few Honeybrews with your friends without worrying about the consequences. Unlike IPAs and stronger beers, Honeybrew is easier to digest because it sits in your stomach and is filled with antioxidants and beneficial probiotics. 

5. Kombucha 

Kombucha is made with sugar cane and black tea. It's known for its tart, sometimes sweet flavor and has recently grown in popularity. It's important to note that many cultures are not backed by research or data - so there's no telling if it's beneficial for you.

Honeybrew vs. Kombucha

We like to think of Honeybrew and Kombucha as cousins. While they undergo similar processes, kombucha is made with sugar, not honey. Both are inoculated with a scobi, but kombucha has a more acidic taste, with less alcohol. Honeybrew probiotics are also backed by years of research and data - so you can feel good about the brew you choose. 

6. Champagne 

Champagne is made with fermented grapes and undergoes a two-step fermentation process. After the fermentation process, sugar and yeast is added into the formula. Then, the champagne is added to barrels to mature. 

Honeybrew vs. Champagne

Champagne has a relatively high alcohol content of 12%, similar to a glass of wine. This alcohol is also meant to be dipped for special occasions, while Honeybrew is great for any occasion. Champagne also doesn’t have any health benefits or benefits ingredients. 

Honeybrew vs. Alternative Alcohol 

Your New Favorite Brew

Whether you’re looking for an alternative to mead, wine, or beer - you can’t go wrong with Honeybrew. This beverage creates an uplifting and euphoric experience. Each sip is better than the last and is filled with an inviting experience you can enjoy on your own or with friends and where you go. 

Ready to see what all the buzz is about? Stop by our Santa Fe taproom or explore our Honeybrew flavors & purchase a pack of Honeybrew online

Honeybrew vs. Everything Else

Alternate Beverage



Made with wheat, hops & brewers yeast/malt

Made with honey



Contains gluten


3.5-9% ABV

6-15% ABV


Made with Champagne grapes

Made with honey

11-13% ABV

6-15% ABV



Fermented & Barrel-aged



Fruit-based, typically made with apples

Made with honey

Typically uses brewers yeast

Combination of yeasts & probiotics specific to Jun culture (mainly saccharomyces bayanus - makes up roughly 70% of yeast content).

3.5-6% ABV

6-15% ABV


Made with sugar & black tea

Made with honey & green tea

Kombucha scoby

Jun scoby (more alcoholic and less acidic than kombucha)

Sometimes, the health benefits of kombucha cultures aren’t always researched or confirmed

Most extensively researched probiotics for health benefits, specifically lactobacillus plantarum (makes up ~50-60% of Honeybrew culture)

0-5% ABV

6-15% ABV


Wild fermentation (pulls saccharomyces yeast from air)

Inoculated w/ Jun culture (beneficial bacteria + yeast)



~20% ABV

6-15% ABV

Not Tea-based



Made with grapes

Made with honey

Fermented & Barrel-aged




~20% ABV

6-15% ABV

 Please note: These statements haven't been approved by the FDA